Olympic champion of the 20 km Atlanta march 1996 Jefferson Pérez was awarded at the dinner show held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to commemorate the centennial of the South American Athletics Confederation.
The tribute was held within the framework of the 214th Council of the IAAF, which was held in Buenos Aires with the participation of the highest authorities of world and regional athletics.
The event featured three great South American athletes of all time, among which the presence of the Ecuadorian Jefferson Perez Quezada, who also won silver in Beijing 2008 and was three times world champion in the 20 kilometers march.
Next to him were the Brazilian Fabiana Murer, former champion of the world in pole vault, and his compatriot Robson Da Silva, specialist in the 200 meters, Olympic and world medalist.
The three were honored with a plaque commemorating the IAAF and received a copy of the centennial book, Golden Heroes, of South American athletics, by Gesta De Melo.
Perez, world record in the 20 km march, is the most successful South American athlete in the history of this sport and took the opportunity to donate to the Heritage collection of the IAAF the competition kit he used when he won the gold medal in the 2007 World Championship in Osaka, Japan.
“Beyond a metal medal, it’s a change of paradigm … We probably have certain limitations, however, our desire, our training, our effort has to go towards a goal. Although we will always have criticism, there will be repeated messages that you cannot, that you are not ready, but it is very important to have a life horizon, and if that horizon of life is honest, transparent, life itself will conspire to transform those dreams into reality “, was the message of Pérez, who could enter the Hall of Fame of the IAAF.
3 World Titles
The marching basque Jefferson Perez has in his sporting history having won three world titles in the test of the 20 km march. (I)